Weather and The Five Seasons of Southern Utah

weather at Zion Bryce

What is the weather like?

The very first question that generally comes to our minds when planning our next vacation is – Weather!

“ What is the weather going to be like at Zion, Bryce or North Rim Grand Canyon?”

When visiting the national parks of Southern Utah it may be an even more important question to ask. Unlike the rest of the state, that has four seasons, Southern Utah has five.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Monsoons!

Our little town of Kanab Utah sits in the middle of a Grand Circle.
-Bryce Canyon National Park to the North
-Zion Canyon National Park to the West
-Lake Powell/GlenCanyon National Recreation Area to the East
-North Rim Grand Canyon National Park to our South.

Kanab area parks map
We get ALOT of Park visitors. Most are only there for a few days, so our diverse weather can be hard to plan for, and have a big impact on their experience. But every season has its positives. So just be aware, and have a great time no matter what time of year!

SPRING and FALL

Zion Canyon

Spring and Fall are ideal times to visit Southern Utah and the national parks. Oftentimes, as early as March the weather turns lovely. May is a peak season for us in Kanab.
There will be Spring rains, but I always tell my guests to be sure and go in the rain! They will see waterfalls around the canyon that are never there any other time. Beautiful!

Zion flash waterfalls. Weather Zion Bryce or North Rim Grand Canyon
September starts cooling down nicely and we have enjoyed beautiful days well into November and often including Thanksgiving. Crowds are thinning out and Autumn colors show in October.

In a nutshell April – May and Sept.- Nov. are just pretty darn fine!

SUMMER

Summer is hot. Beautiful but hot. Makes for great water sports time at Lake Powell and on our own small Jackson Flat Reservoir. 

paddle boarding Jackson-flat-reservoir.jpg
Photo credit of Jackson Flat reservoir and kayak rentals from http://alltournativeadventure.com/

Hiking is OK, just stick to the early morning hours or later in the evening.

The biggest secret to remember here is water! Drink a lot more water than you probably normally would. One gallon a day is recommended – and salty snacks! You need to replace the salt that you perspire out,  keeping the sodium balance up in your blood. Take water everywhere with you. This is a very dry climate that will suck your body of moisture without you even knowing it. July is generally the hottest month.

drink lots of water

Desert dwellers know there’s a very good reason for mid-day siestas, avoiding blasting sunlight and hot temperatures.

National Park visitors don’t always understand the need to avoid the heat of the day, which is why dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke and hyponatremia (low sodium blood level) can put a damper on activities, or even send visitors to the hospital.

Perspiration is how your body regulates temperature, so if you don’t have enough water, your body will overheat. Minor dehydration triggers thirst, but as dehydration becomes more serious, the body starts to lose its ability to regulate temperature.
Symptoms of heatstroke include disorientation, combativeness, and hot skin. The remedy is to find some cool shade, rest and re-hydrate.

Winter 

Zion and Bryce Canyons are both open year-round but North Rim Grand Canyon amenities are only open until October 31. November 1 through December 1 the North Rim will be open for day use only (no overnight parking) unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that date. Once the snow closes the road, North Rim does not open again until the middle of May.

Zion in winter. Weather Zion Bryce or North Rim Grand Canyon

Zion during winter (November- February) months the park is slow but it is still open and draws visitors.  Rain and snow are common so bring plenty of layers and something windproof and waterproof. If you have been to Zion in the summer you know wait times on popular hikes can be long, Not in the winter! It may be chilly, but much more peaceful.

The Park shuttle will generally run thru November. December is the coldest month of the year.

I love Bryce in the winter!

Bryce canyon in snow

White snow on the red rock formations and blue skies. It is a wonderful kind of beautiful!

 Long winter nights show off Bryce’s beautiful dark skies to perfection. Winter Astronomy is growing in Utahs SouthWest. Kanab has recently made lighting changes that have made the city eligible for International Dark Sky Community status!

Cross country Skiing – Snowshoeing- Ice skating and Hiking can all happen on the same trip.

Don’t have your own snowshoes? No worries, The Bryce Canyon Snowshoe Program is designed for all levels of experience, from beginner to expert. These Ranger-guided outings introduce visitors to the wonder of Bryce Canyon in the winter. Check out their Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes and other winter activities here: https://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/winter.htm

You can also rent all your equipment from Ruby’s Inn right at the entrance to the Park https://www.rubysinn.com/

My girlfriends and I have a long-standing tradition of spending several days at Bryce every winter.

Cross country ski bryce canyon

Check out my Post on Cross country skiing Bryce here: 
https://mystarvr.com/cross-country-skiing-at-bryce-canyon-national-park-utah/ 

Kanab does get snow at times but seldom lasts the day. It gets about 14.8 inches of precipitation thru the year, mostly rain.

MONSOONS

The most interesting season is monsoons. Late July thru August and the first part of Sept. the climate changes dramatically from the dry arid climate of May and June to one of humidity and seasonal rains. This is what we call The Monsoon Season.

monsoons in southern Utah. Weather Zion Bryce or North Rim Grand Canyon

This weather change is important to consider when planning a visit to the Southwest.

During these hottest months of the year, the desert bakes under intense solar radiation. Hot air rises as fast as 50 feet per second, creating an area of low pressure that draws warm, humid air from the Gulf of California and the Gulf of Mexico.

As the hot, humid air rises it comes into contact with cooler, high-altitude air. This forms enormous heavy clouds that grow dark and ominous as they rise thousands of feet. Eventually, the clouds burst, producing torrential afternoon thunderstorms.

This is our rule of Thumb – If the weather report predicts 20% chance of rain – It is really 100% chance of rain, just a 20% chance that you will be standing under it!!

desert flower

Monsoons are vital to the environment in the Southwest. They keep wildfires in check and provide an important water supply to the people and animals who live in the deserts. Visiting the desert during the Monsoon season is a great way to see another lesser-known side to the Southwest. It is the perfect time to adventure and explore with somewhat cooler temperatures and abundant flora and fauna that come to life.

The most common hazards of monsoon storms are lightning strikes and flash floods. Head inside during a lightning storm. Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors. If no substantial shelter is nearby, get in your car and wait out the storm.

  • Don’t forget the 30-30 rule. After you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors. Suspend activities for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.

lightning-strikes at Lake Powell. Weather Zion Bryce or North Rim Grand Canyon

Storms are most common in the afternoon but they can happen at any time. And they often blow over in an hour or so leaving the ground and the air refreshed, but hopefully not flooded!

Hiking in Grand Canyon, Zion or the many other Utah or Arizona hiking trails near us requires greater caution in monsoon season, but with proper preparation, monsoon weather is nothing to be scared of.

Floods

The intensity of the monsoon season varies from year to year. In the last couple of years, we have had several “Two hundred year storms”. Meaning – A storm like this only happens once every Two hundred years. I think we have had three of those in the last two years…..!

Kanab truck in flood. Weather Zion Bryce or North Rim Grand Canyon

Flash Floods are for real, but are amazing to see! Just do it from somewhere safe! Just remember – Never, ever be in slot canyons when there is rain in the forecast anywhere in the area.

You can stay out of trouble by never crossing moving water either on foot or in your vehicle (like in this photo!) and always check the weather forecast before hiking into any canyon. It’s important to also check the weather in areas “upstream” or up the canyon from where you will be hiking. It is possible to have blue skies overhead but a canyon may still flood due to heavy rains upstream.

I love this blog post from “Wild Girl Writing” about Monsoon Season

She lists  5 Tips for Surviving Monsoon Season in Southern Utah

1) Be weather aware. 

2) Know where you’re going.

3) Be cautious about where you take shelter.

4) Hire a local guide.

5) Enjoy the show from somewhere safe.

Please check out the entire Blog. Really good advice. I really like #4, as a local guide WILL keep you safe and WILL make sure you see some amazing backcountry no matter the weather.

Kanab Tour Co.
photo credit: Kanab Tour Company https://kanabtourcompany.com/

Know before you go! – Weather and trail Conditions for Zion, Bryce or North Rim Grand Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park Weather updates – https://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/weather.htm

Zion Canyon National Park Weather updates – https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/weather-and-climate.htm

Grand Canyon National Park Weather updates (look specifically for North Rim) – https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/weather-dangers.htm

Kanab Climate Averages

Kanab, Utah Average Temperatures. Weather Zion Bryce or North Rim Grand Canyon

Here is a good overview of average temperatures in Kanab, Utah. Bryce and North Rim can be a little cooler. Zion, a little warmer.

Kanab Utah Rainfall chart. Weather Zion Bryce or North Rim Grand Canyon

Kanab, Utah gets around 15 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Kanab Utah Snowfall. Weather Zion Bryce or North Rim Grand Canyon

Kanab averages 26 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year. Snow in town seldom last thru the day but generally much longer in the canyons.

Kanab, Utah daylight hours

On average, there are 256 sunny days per year in Kanab. The US average is 205 sunny days. That makes Kanab a great place to be, especially in the summer with the extra hours of adventuring daytime!

Things to keep in mind when planning your trip – 

-Springtime the water levels May run very high and some hikes in Zion may be off-limits.

-Zion is the lowest altitude of the three parks, therefore will be the warmest in any season. Bryce and North Rim are both around 8000-9000ft. A jacket is always a good idea, especially in early mornings.

-The road to North Rim Grand Canyon traditionally does not open until May 15th. The past couple of years there has been some soft openings a little bit earlier than that, just depending on the weather conditions.

-Bryce Canyon is always eroding. And that includes hiking trails. It is not uncommon for popular trails to get washed out over a harsh winter. Some Trails may not be open in early spring.

-Zion Canyon shuttle buses run from April through Oct. and sometimes Nov. The busiest times of the year. But you still need to be there early to get parking.

-When hiking anywhere in Southern Utah in the summer months, plan your days around early morning or late evening hikes.

-Late Autumn will have lower water levels, better for hiking Slot Canyons. And lower visitor levels, better for hiking everywhere.

-Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon are considered high Mountain desert. The UV rays are much more intense and sunscreen is always a good idea. Summer, Winter and everything in between.

No matter when you come, you are going to have a great time. And if you don’t like the weather now, just wait 15 minutes!

The Local Outdoor Market in Kanab, Utah

Kanab Outdoor Market header

Kanab’s local Outdoor Farmers Market

 

Picture this:

  • A perfect warm summer evening
  • A lush green park surrounded by beautiful red cliffs
  • Delightful live bluegrass music by a local family band
  • Families playing soccer on the grass
  • Friends and neighbors chatting in the shade
  • Kids playing in the splash pad water fountains
  • Vendor booths with:

    Homemade jams and jellies Fresh cage-free chicken eggs Hand processed essential oil and hydrosol from native desert plants (Sagebrush and Juniper Berry are my favorites!) Fresh garden greens Homemade muffins and baklava Unique Hot sauces from local peppers and cactus Fresh herb plants for the garden Local American Indian history books from local authors   OK, these are just a few of things you might find…..
   Welcome to Saturday evenings in Kanab. This literally was how we spent last Saturday, and hope to spend the rest of the Saturday evenings this summer. Kanab’s Outdoor Farmers Market has taken on several forms over the last few years but I think this new move to the park is a winner! With live music every Market night, the park is a magical place to be. Even though we are early in the growing season, there were unique and interesting booths to discover. We had a great visit with Kato who has worked at the Glen Canyon Dam for 20 years. As he looks forward to retirement he is building his own Hot Sauce Brand. One made from Prickly Pear cactus!     Carol, the curator of the Maynard Dixon Museum has produced a beautiful photo book of Native Americans taken by the John Wesley Powell expedition in the 1870’s. Paul and Liz are on an organic journey to bring all the natural goodness mother earth has to offer, as they distill their own essential oil for soaps and hydrosols. All from local desert plants like Pinion Pine, Chaparral, Juniper berry, and Sagebrush. Marty does amazing photography of the local landscape. The Wave and White Pockets never looked so good. Pam’s Jellies and Jams also makes homemade treats that cater to Keto and gluten-free. Even though the market is the main event, We enjoyed just sitting down to enjoy the music and watch the kids play! The vendors will come and go, change and rotate throughout the season, but I’m sure there will always be something at Kanabs Outdoor Market to tickle your fancy, and your taste buds!

5-8pm – Jacob Hamblin Park, Kanab Utah

You can follow the Markets Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/kanaboutdoormarket/

Shop local

https://goo.gl/maps/UcZaQJWX5sApUeff8

   

You’ve gotta’ check out this Hiking App for the Kanab, Utah Area!

You’ve gotta’ check out this Hiking App for the Kanab, Utah Area!

Get Off The Beaten Path!

The National Parks are Stunning, no doubt about it. But what do you do when you want to get off the beaten path? When hiking the Kanab area, you will find amazing trails in beautiful Red Rock Country, without all the crowds.

Kane County tourism now offers the amazing “Kanab Trails App”. This app can help you plan and navigate your outdoor adventures in Kanab and the surrounding area. It has an incredible array of red rock trails, slot canyons, and high mountain forest. You are sure to find just the right trail you have been looking for. Whether you are on foot, horse or Atv’s.

The Kanab area of Utah has some of the most unique terrains in the world and the Kanab Trails App makes it easy for you to enjoy it.  

By using this mobile guide, even those who are unfamiliar with the area can feel confident to venture out in this beautiful environment! Whether you’re out on the road looking for adventure, or planning a trip from home, the Kanab Trails App invites you to discover and explore these hidden gems! Enjoy the picturesque scenery, breath-taking trails, spectacular slot canyons, and places you never knew existed.

Hiking Kanab, Utah

You can view the app and download their information PDF (click on the Kanab Trails Overview info)  here: http://www.mapntour.com/viewer/?c=534

Here is info directly from the app-

The roads and trails displayed in the App are available for public access and can serve as guides for your Kane County Trail adventure.

You may view the roads in map or satellite view. Pinch and zoom the map to see all the roads in the county. If you enter an area with no cell coverage, essential elements of the road paths and points of interest are still available offline.

Offline capabilities:

  • The road and trail paths visible –  if app downloaded to your device.
  • My location GPS tracking –  if enable in device and app settings
  • The text descriptions and photos
  • Topographic map overlays if they are available for the area you are visiting.

App features: Benefits for you:

  • Selecting road from the navigation list or search result we’ll fly you to the map where that road is centered in the screen and highlighted so the path is wider.
  • The roads name will be displayed on the title bar at the bottom of the screen.
  • You may slide the title bar to get mileage information about that road if there is any available.
  • If you see signage on the road- or trail you can search for that number in the app. Or select from the list in the navigation list.
  • Touch a path and its name will display on the information drawer title bar at the bottom of the screen.

You should be able to view your location with or without cell service:

Topographic Map layer:

An example of the topographic maps is shown here. You may pinch and zoom into the area of your location. Touch the arrow pointing in the left-hand side of the map to show your location.

Notifications:

You may get alerts when you come within an established distance of a trailhead, point of interest or destination depending on you’re app settings.

   

The in-app information has a whole lot more! Great reminders like:

  • Using other sources of info
  • Be mindful of weather, especially when entering Slot Canyons
  • Map based apps use a lot of battery power. Have extra charging options with you
  • Check road conditions prior to travel
  • Bring extra water! It is hotter and drier than you think
  • Very limited Cell phone service in this area
  • Roads that need 4×4 for deep sand (Please believe this one!)

Talk about adventure!  The app makes hiking Kanab area trails easy to find, simple to follow, and enjoyable to experience without the crowds at the Parks.

Be spontaneous! The geo-alerts let you know what outdoor adventures are nearby. Discovering this magically unspoiled area requires offline access – and we have you covered.

Roads, trails, GPS tracking, and trail information is all available without wi-fi or cellular service.

Now for what you really want – The Kanab Trails App download – Head over to https://www.visitsouthernutah.com/ 

click on the Kanab Trails icon, there ya go!

All in all, you are going to have a great time exploring and you are going to see things like you have never seen before!

Red Rock Hiking, Kanab Utah

If you are digging this idea and this app, and want even more info about getting off the beaten path,  here is a copy of the in-app Tips

Mobile App Tips for Adventure Hiking Trails

Adventure Hiking Trails may parallel roads in some cases. The Adventure Trail Paths are shown in ORANGE.

“This map and directions are intended for general reference use only.  Always check local road and weather conditions. Stay on designated roads.  Dirt roads are impassable when wet. Please respect Private Property. Be prepared for a wilderness experience: Always bring extra water, food, sunscreen, and supplies. Do not remove artifacts or deface the ‘rock art’.  Leave no trace of your visit so others may enjoy.”

Cell phone service is non-existent in most areas, so be prepared when hiking the Kanab area.  Essential information is available offline for the Adventure Trails and Outdoor Recreational Opportunities on this app. In areas without cellular service map tiles may not be displayed.  You can go to “Settings” and toggle on topographic maps to assist with navigation.
Safety:  Enjoy your trip –by being prepared.  Due to cell phone battery limitations, we always advise visitors to bring charging cords or battery packs and have access to hard copy maps as a backup.   
About Adventure Trail Featured Paths & Content:   The Kane County Commission invites you to use the Kanab Trails App.  You can plan your excursions and follow the route on your mobile device while on location whether driving ATV’s or hiking Kanab area.

These trails are meant to serve as guides for your Kane County Adventure with both map and satellite view options.  Each Adventure Trail is its own category that lists the trail path(s) its trailhead and destination. Some Trails show highway access points.   If you have downloaded the app to your device and then enter an area with no cell coverage, the essential paths, and points of interest are still available offline.

Adventure Hiking Trail Experience:  Many of the Adventure Trails follow roads for a portion of the way.  You will see which type of road is running alongside, and when the road ends the hiking routes begins.

Where to stay for my Southern Utah Vacation

Where to stay in Southern Utah

Looking for hotels by Zion National Park? Need a hotel near Bryce Canyon National Park? Where is the best place to stay for North Rim Grand Canyon?

We have all been there – searching for accommodations. It is by far my LEAST favorite part of any vacation. Especially when taking the family. Our family of 6 is too big for one hotel room but too expensive to pay for two rooms…. sigh. Here are some ideas on what to do when looking for hotels or other accommodations near Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon.

find hotel Zion Bryce Grand Canyon

Do yourself, your family or group a favor and book a Vacation Rental.

My Star Vacation Rentals instead of hotel Zion Bryce Grand Canyon

Kanab is the perfect hub for exploring these National Parks.

  • Bryce is 76 miles to the North
  • Zion is 30 miles to the West
  • North Rim Grand Canyon is 80 miles to the South
  • Lake Powell/Antelope Canyon is 80 miles to the East

 Hotels near Zion can easily run $200 plus per night, Bryce is slightly less. Why settle for two beds and a bathroom when you can enjoy an entire house or apartment?

Short term Vacation Rentals have truly hit their stride in the last few years with folks learning they can affordably rent a home with kitchen and yard for comparable prices to a hotel room, sometimes even less.

hotel Zion Bryce Grand Canyon

Every so often a hotel is a perfect way to go. Like a quick one night stop over on your way to somewhere else. But when you are coming to the Grand Circle to do the Parks and explore the endless red rock trails and all that Southwestern Utah has to offer, you are gonna need a few days.

Where to stay can be an overwhelming task at times. Here are a few tips to smooth the way to booking your Vacation Rental:

  • Book direct with the owner to get the very best price and service. The large online booking sites have service fees of up to 15% of your total stay. This goes for local hotels too!
  • Look for homes that have their own web site or that list on commission-free sites such as www.VacationSoup.com or www.Houfy.com These new start-ups are not huge but they are growing.
  • Use Google Maps to zero in on the area you are interested in, savvy VR owners are getting on Google maps.
  • Look on the local Tourism Board websites for listings of accommodations that have direct links. (ie. ours is www.VisitSouthernUtah.com)
  • Search on Facebook for the name and location of your destination to see if some of your favorite properties have a Facebook page.
  • Read, Read, Read everything the owner has put in the listing. Make sure the home is a good fit for you BEFORE you spend lots of time and money and then find out you can’t bring your dog and 3 extra people you thought would be OK.
  • Google search the owner’s name, the property name, and any other information you may have gathered about the owner.  This will help you to rent safely.
  • Have a phone conversation with the owner.  It really helps you get a feel for what kind of person you are doing business with.  Most owners are happy to do that – especially since they can also get an understanding of what type of guest you may be.
  • Don’t be intimidated by the large booking companies advertising that they will guarantee your stay and give you 24/7 support during your stay. They don’t. They can’t. They don’t own any homes. They can’t help you if the BBQ grill quits working or tell you where the best hiking trails are.
  • Be friendly with the local owner and you will have an open book to your destination.
searching hotels Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon

When it’s time to find a hotel for your next vacation, whether it be Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon or any other great adventure spot – think Vacation Rental Homes instead.

For booking info and great ideas of things to do in the Kanab area, Please visit us at www.MyStarVR.com

Disc Golf for everyone! Kanab, Utah

Disc Golf for everyone! Kanab, Utah

Remember when your Mom used to say “Go out and Play!” Well, it’s still true, and more and more people are going out to play. What exactly are they playing? Disc Golf. And Kanab, Utah has a great course!

Disc Golfer

Disc Golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, with more than 8,000 courses (most are FREE) and even two professional-level tours.

If you haven’t already jumped on the bandwagon it’s time to join the millions of people who are behind the expanding sport of Disc Golf.

Why Disc Golf?

  • Simple to learn. Easy as throwing a Frisbee
  • Inexpensive. Minimal equipment startup
  • Individual or League sport
  • Accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels.
  • Great Community
  • Free to play
  • Play with your family & friends, or even go Pro.
  • Quicker than Ball Golf
  • Challenging to master
  • Most of all, it’s FUN!

In case you are asking “What is Disc Golf?” Here is a brief description

   As the name implies, it is a cousin to the game of Golf, or Ball Golf (talking with Disc Golfers was the first time I heard the term Ball Golf!).
   It is played in rounds with “holes”. Generally, a course is made up of 9 or 18 holes, each with its own Par, or number of shots desired.
Instead of using golf clubs and balls aiming for a hole, disc golf players use
discs, (just like a Frisbee, but a little higher-tech) and aim for a disc golf basket instead of a hole.
Discs come in slightly different sizes and weights. They have the same names and uses as Golf clubs –  Drivers, Midrange and Putters.
   The object is, of course, to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws, starting from a tee area and finishing with the disc coming to rest in the basket.
So basically, t
he sport is played using the same general rules, terminology, and etiquette as traditional golf, just without the high cost of playing.

Jackson Resv. disc golf Kanab Utah

Disc Golf Course at Jackson Reservoir, Kanab, Utah

Google disc golf courses and you will see them springing up all over.

Disc Golf came to Kanab Utah just a couple of years ago. You are going to love this course at Jackson Reservoir!

We recently went out to Jackson to check out the Disc Golf campout and Tournament. What a fun day. We learned so much and had a great time visiting with, and learning from the participants. They all agreed it is easy to get hooked on this sport. It was so beautiful with the sun shining on the water, the ducks flying in and out and the red cliffs as a backdrop.

Jackson Resv. disc golf Kanab

Play with locals

Our Local Kanab Club/League Meets out at Jackson reservoir every Thurs evening at 5:30. They are more than happy to have folks come out and join in.

Kanab disc golf league

New to the idea and just want to try it out?

Rent some discs! Call Steve Howell, at 435-689-0130 (He can meet you in Kanab)  and rent a 3 disc set for just $5!! (plus $10 refundable deposit) What a great deal and what a beautiful place to play.

Now get out there and just PLAY!

Here is the Tournament map from this year

Jackson reservoir, Kanab Campout, Disc Golf Course Map

Want to learn more? Check out DiscGolf.com  https://discgolf.com/

And the PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association) –  https://www.pdga.com/

We really like the “How To” videos Here –  How to play Disc Golf

Our favorite hiking trail in Kanab Utah, Amazing views and petroglyphs!

Our favorite hike, Utah

So many hiking trails! Kanab has lots of great trails super close by and adding more all the time. We have our favorites, but here is just a quick screenshot of the trails app on our local tourism site www.VistitSouthernUtah.com (best visitors center in the state in our opinion) All of these hiking trails are in, or close to, the town of Kanab.

local kanab hiking trails

You will need to come visit Kanab repeatedly to enjoy all of these cool hiking trails!

But our current favorite right now has to be The Mansard Trail.

This awesome trail starts just 6.5 miles East of town in the community known as Vermillion Cliffs. You will head up this Butte and all the way across its flat, sandy top to end up at some of the most intriguing petroglyphs in the area. The Mansard Petroglyphs.

Vermillion Cliffs area

It is a bit of a climb and one part there is a minor rock scramble, but this old out of shape lady can do it! It took us about 4hrs total last time we were there. But we did enjoy a picnic lunch among the petroglyphs as well.

Mansard petroglyphs
Ancient lunch spot? Napkin, Salt shaker, and Sardine key. What do you think?

You can get a copy of these detailed instructions at the visitors center downtown. Just make sure you get the Mansard “Hike” map, as there is also a map for getting there on ATV roads from the other side of the Butte.

Mansard Trail Map

So next time you are wondering “What is there to see and do around Kanab?” Take a few hours and go and SEE and DO this! A great taste of what Southern Utah Hiking is all about.

Mansard hike near Kanab
Near the top

Mansard petroglyphs
Trail turns here at the sign, to head over to the alcove.

Mansard petroglyph alcove
Petroglyphs are under this alcove

Mansard petroglyphs

Unusual Things You Can See in Kanab, Utah. The Greyhound Gathering!

Unusual Things You Can See in Kanab, Utah. The Greyhound Gathering!

The Greyhound Gathering in Kanab is a favorite! We don’t own a Greyhound but love to mingle with these mellow dogs and their wonderful owners. Many of the dogs are rescued from the racing circuit and are affectionately called “The 60 mile per hour couch potatoes”. Yes, these dogs are fast! But they really prefer to lounge on the sofa. This year’s gathering is called Sighthound Shivoo.

WHEN: May 17 – 19, 2019
WHAT:
A 3-day celebration and FUNdraising event for and about greyhounds.
WHO:
Lovers of greyhounds, Owners of greyhounds and just anybody interested in watching some fun events. Events like:
-Blur of Fur (humans race dogs for fun. Dogs are clocked by Kanab City
police’s radar gun. Lot’s of silly awards)
-Costume Parade
-Yappy Hour
– Chalk & Talk
– Best Friends Tours

Pirate greyhound dog

WANT TO KNOW MORE: Greyhound Gang, is a 501 c3 organization since 1995. Their initial mission was front line rescue work – rescuing, rehabilitating and finding homes for greyhounds no longer wanted by their breeders.
They have transitioned more to a fundraising and educational organization. Their main assistance is now the creation and sustaining of “Almost Home for Hounds” since 2004.
Greyhound Gang’s web site provides education and information about adoption, behaviors, medical and daily care.

For all the details please see the website for the greyhound gang:
https://www.greyhoundgang.org/about/greyhound-gathering/about/

Why don’t I feel so good? Altitude can make a difference! Southern Utah

Hiking-CedarBreaks NatlMonumentUT_2

Utah’s gorgeous scenery attracts people from all over the world.
If you’re coming from a place that has a high altitude, you’re probably already acclimated to its conditions and effects. But if you’re one of the many who comes from lower altitudes and areas near sea level, you may want to know a bit about how altitude affects your body and maybe why you’re not feeling so good.

What’s happening to me?

Altitude affects air pressure. The pressure of the air that surrounds you is called barometric pressure. When you go to higher altitudes, this pressure drops and there is less oxygen available. In general, around 7,000 feet above sea level, the amount of saturation of oxygen begins to decline rapidly. Depending on where you are in Southern Utah, the altitude can range from lows in Saint George at 2,800 feet above sea level, to Cedar Breaks National Monument in Bryce Canyon at 10,000 feet above sea level! Our own Western Star Vacation Rental in Kanab sits near 5,000 feet.

Symptoms

So what does this mean? Well, going from a low altitude to a high altitude can have some negative effects on your body. Altitude sickness symptoms can include

  • difficulty sleeping
  • dizziness or light-headedness
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea or vomiting
  • rapid pulse (heart rate)
  • shortness of breath with exertion
    Altitude sickness can affect you whether you’re skiing in Park City, hiking at the Grand Canyon, or lounging in Cedar City.
What can be done?

Well for mild or medium altitude sickness, some medications include, Acetazolamide (Diamox), Altitude RX, and good old acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for headaches. If medication isn’t readily available then some general tips would have him or her rest, give plenty of liquids and avoid alcohol or sleeping medication.

If you start to have serious trouble you should not try going higher for at least 24 hours. If your health doesn’t improve or worsens during that time, you should descend immediately! I have only seen some of these symptoms in a couple of guests, but it just helps to be aware if you are susceptible to these things.

Please be safe and attentive during your exploration of Utah. A quick search of any area can give you insight to the terrain and altitude you may be dealing with.

Bryce Canyon Utah

Cross Country Skiing Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Ski Bryce

Southern Utah is just one big outdoor playground! Even in winter, it is just so beautiful you simply can’t resist getting outside.
For more years now than we can even remember, a group of my girlfriends and I head to Bryce Canyon for our annual “Cross Country Ski Trip”. I put “Cross Country Ski Trip” in quotes because some years there is just no snow and it becomes a hiking trip instead. But this year – No hiking! Just glorious, beautiful snow and sunshine. Just the way we like it.

Fairyland trail rim, cross country ski Bryce

Ruby’s Inn at the very entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park has been catering to visitors needs since 1916, twelve years before Bryce even became a National Park! And so it continues. You can rent everything you need for a day of Cross County Skiing or Snow Shoeing right at Ruby’s Inn. They even have an Ice Skating Rink.

rent skis Bryce Canyon

The trails are not groomed very far into the Park, but you can snowshoe or cross country ski Bryce right to the rim of the Fairyland Trail. There are miles of groomed trails behind Ruby’s Inn and across the street where you can go to the very edge on or off trail.

Each year we try and plan our trip around the full moon if possible. Because as pretty as the trails are during the day in the bright sparkling sunshine (often it is like diamonds), Skiing the trails at night under a full moon is breathtaking! Often times any winds will stop at dusk and the forest becomes silent. The kind of silent where everything is muffled by deep snow. You will not forget this. Ever.

cross country ski Bryce

So rent or bring your own, just come! There is just absolutely nothing like Bryce Canyon National Park in snow.

You can reach Ruby’s Inn: toll-free: (866) 866-6616
Ask questions and check on conditions at Bryce Canyon: https://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm

Family Favorite Restaurant in Kanab Utah

Houstons Waitress

The number one question visitors ask is “Where should we eat?”  Once they let me know what they are looking for, and that is “Just good home-cookin’ ” then my number one answer is Houston’s Trails End Resturant,

Houston’s is a Kanab staple. Plain and simple.

Houstons Trails End Restaurant

A Great family restaurant with reasonable prices, and on a good night, the waitresses all have their holsters and sixshooters on. This is the West after all and Houston’s has been serving up Western style for more than 40 years!

Houstons counter

In 1945 Merle “Peaches” and Donna Beard opened the Trail’s End Restaurant. Thirty years later, in 1975, The Houston family took over the reins. A lot has happened here in the West since then, but one thing that has stayed the same is the high-quality food and service that you can find at the Trails End Restaurant. The next generation of Houston’s now run the business. But today, just like in the past, Grandpa Bob still makes 10 gallons of his country gravy and DayLean bakes her rolls daily. (There should have been a photo of TWO of those big fat fluffy rolls in the opening photo – but they come out warm…… John was not about to wait for it to cool down!)

Houstons catering

In 1978 the Houston Family expanded into the mobile catering business and since that time has worked for the Federal Government feeding firefighters at remote sites all over the West. In 1999 Houston’s Catering, Inc. was awarded the “Small Business Contractor” of the year award by the Department of Agriculture. This was no small task for a company from the small town of Kanab, Utah. The catering company continues in operation today and you may very well see their rigs running up and down the roads of the West.

Houstons happy trails

Can’t decide what to order? Then just go for the local favorite and get the Chicken-fried Steak. We have never been disappointed.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Serving lunch from 11-5 and dinner from 5-9, then Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-9:00 p.m. serving breakfast from 7-11:30, lunch 11:30-5, and dinner 5-9.

RESTAURANT ADDRESS
32 E. CENTER ST.
KANAB, UT 84741

RESTAURANT / TAKE-OUT ORDERS
1-435-644-2488

Here is a link to a past menu – But pretty much the same:

http://www.houstons.net/restaurant-menu.html

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